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P-51D Mustang - Big Beautiful Doll


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Beautiful work all the way, and the application of the checkers seems absolutely perfect!

Just one minor detail – since the forward third or so of the laminar flow wing was usually puttied and painted to give as perfect a surface as possible (critical for optimum laminar flow performance), perhaps those panel joints fwd of the main spar should have been filled. I said it was a minor detail… ;-)

Impressive work!

Kind regards,

Joachim

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Just throwing in my 2 cents...

Job well done! I particulary like the fuel spill marks from the fuel caps on the wing tanks. Details like that makes a model just the little bit better.

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Thank you chaps! Very kind. :)

Just one minor detail – since the forward third or so of the laminar flow wing was usually puttied and painted to give as perfect a surface as possible (critical for optimum laminar flow performance), perhaps those panel joints fwd of the main spar should have been filled. I said it was a minor detail… ;-)

Hi Joachim,

No, not a minor detail at all and a point well made! This build was just to get my annual total up a bit! I've only completed 4 models this year, so wanted to fill up the annual year book a bit! But you are right and was it always the case? Also would that also extend to the RAF Mustang Mk.IV as that is the next Mustang that I will be building.

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From what I've read, ALL Mustangs left the factories with filled wings. Here is a diagram on a thread from another forum concerning the same question of filled wings which I found showing where the putties/ fillers were applied which you may find interesting, http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/schematics/p-51d-filled-wing-panels-help-please-30982.html

I have used this on my Mustang iv which I am doing at the moment. In the how to build tamiya's 1/32 Mustang book is an article saying that some 8th AF machines were stripped in winter of 44-45 and not refilled.

Hope this helps!

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Here is a diagram on a thread from another forum concerning the same question of filled wings which I found showing where the putties/ fillers were applied which you may find interesting...

Interesting? This is what I love about this site, the non-ego driven expressions of genuine offers of help, not to mention the amazing workmanship on display!

Thanks Tabio, that link is brilliant! Thank you!!

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Hi Stig! Thank you for your very generous comment!

It's all Alclad II in various shades, plus a bit of Tamiya Smoke along the panel lines.

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Thanks to you all for the comments!

Stunning work....I'm a big OOB fan myself(or just tight !!) did you use alclad?

Yes, Alclad all the way!

That's a lovely model! I was at Duxford the last day it flew :( nicely done

And guess what's on the bench to be built up soon? Yep, the Skyraider that she collided with! All I need is a 1/48th scale Robs Lamplough on a parachute to finish the diorama!
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